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Zelaya is cheered on return to Honduras; June first OAS votes on reinstatement

Monday, May 30th 2011 - 01:07 UTC
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Honduran former president Manuel Zelaya, whose ouster almost two years ago led to Honduras’ expulsion from the Organization of American States, OAS, returned home from exile Saturday following an agreement brokered by Colombia and Venezuela Read full article


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  • Forgetit87

    Having Colombia and Venezuela mediating an issue to achieve one and the same goal shows how much progress in S.A. unity there's been in less than a year. This is thanks to Unasur. Every one knows that if the issue had been left at hands of the US and the OAS, as is traditional, relations between those two countries wouldn't have been restored, and stability in the region would be threatened.

    May 30th, 2011 - 01:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard

    I think this is simply down to Colombia and Venezuela showing they can work together after some pretty heavy business; not Unasur, and not the USA or the OAS.
    I don't agree that having Honduras outside the OAS 'threatened the stability of the region' (Central America); Honduras never had or has that level of importance in the region.

    Zelaya says “Your presence here this afternoon, and international support, shows that blood was not spilt in vain.”
    I don't remember a bloody coup or revolution, perhaps I missed it.

    Anyway, I guess we just have to wait and see who the next politicians and media people to be murdered turn out to be.
    God help Honduras.

    And I hope the Brasilian embassy was handed back to Brasil in good order and with all the files intact.

    May 30th, 2011 - 07:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Forgetit87

    Of course you don't think the coup threatened stability in the region, since you supported it.

    And the fact that Colombia and Venezuela can now work together is possible in a large degree due to Unasur's efforts to de-escalate tensions between the two countries. That the current Colombian president is more of a pragmatist and a Latin Americanist and less of a megalomaniacal than his predecessor, Álvaro Uribe, helped immensely.

    ”Lest one think that U.S. weakness is exclusively a Middle East issue, take a look at Honduras. The United States had virtually endorsed the coup against now former President Zelaya. Because of the coup, Honduras was suspended from the Organization of American States (OAS). The United States then struggled hard to get Honduras restored to full membership in the OAS on the grounds that a new president had been formally elected. Latin American governments resisted this because Zelaya had not been allowed to return with all phony legal charges dropped.

    ”What happened next? Colombia (supposedly the U.S.'s best friend in Latin America) and Venezuela (supposedly the U.S.'s nemesis in Latin America) got together and jointly arranged with the Honduran government in power Zelaya's return under Zelaya's conditions. Secretary of State Clinton smiled wanly at this de facto rebuff to U.S. diplomacy.”

    Jun 01st, 2011 - 01:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard

    . . . . and did Zelaya hand back the Brasilian Embassy to Brasil in good order and with our country's files intact?

    Jun 01st, 2011 - 10:21 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Forgetit87

    I don't know, Geoff. Don't you have anything less petty to worry about?

    Jun 02nd, 2011 - 10:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard

    Of course - see nearly every possting made by me over the last year. There is so much gross abuse going on around us; things we should all stand up and protest (even you).

    But just occasionally a small, seemingly insignificant item, like this, Zelaya's trashing of our Lula-loaned Brasilian Embassy, encapsulates the South American problem, and shouts out “This man is totally unworthy of any future in public life”.

    I emphasise - OUR country's embassy.

    Jun 03rd, 2011 - 10:09 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Forgetit87

    Drop the pettiness, Geoff. So now the man deserved being deposed and expelled from his country because of what he did in the BR embassy? (Btw, I didn't even know what he did, nor care about.) Grow up, will ya?

    And I haven't read “every possting” (sic) you made over the last year. You post too much. Every time I open a new Mercopress newspage and see a posting of yours, I think, “there he goes again.”

    Jun 03rd, 2011 - 02:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard

    No, he was removed without harm, pain ot bloodshed, for attempted subversion of the Contitution and the democratic principles on which it was based. Whether those that removed him, using the national forces of law ans order, are any better is a moot point; but if they did the same I would support their removal also.
    And the trashing of our Embassay I lay at Lula's door.

    My early posstings enable me to view the postings of other automatically without sifting through the archive.
    Their contents and slants on SA life interest me - even your posstings, occasionally (not the petty ones, of course).

    Jun 04th, 2011 - 11:45 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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